Rafael Nadal Will Carry Spain's Flag At 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 11: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates victory in the men's singles final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day 16 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 11, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal was selected to bear the Spanish flag during the opening ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics on July 27. Russia's Maria Sharapova and Serbia's Novak Djokovic will also carry their country's flag.

Rafael Nadal will carry Spain's flag for the Spanish Olympic team during the opening ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics. The tennis legend was selected by the Spanish Olympic Committee on Wednesday. Nadal released a statement following the decision:

"For me the chance to carry the flag representing all the Spanish athletes in London is a true honor," Nadal said. "I think carrying the flag will be one of the most moving moments of my entire career.

"I can only say thanks and wish my fellow athletes the best of luck."

Nadal is coming off his record seventh French Open title. The 11-time Grand Slam champion will be making his third Olympic appearance. He will defend his gold medal in singles during the 2008 Beijing games, and will compete in doubles alongside Marcel Granollers.

Nadal isn't the only tennis superstar representing his country. Maria Sharapova will carry Russia's flag and Novak Djokovic will bear Serbia's during the July 27 opening ceremony.

Stay tuned to SB Nation's 2012 London Olympics hub for more news.

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